Georgia Deer News

DNR deer-management plan calls for maintaining herd size October 29, 2014 Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald
... The state’s plan for managing Georgia’s deer population, revealed Tuesday, calls for ample hunting and habitat to hold the herd size at 1.1 million...  a peak of 1.6 million in the late 1990s ...  harvesting 400,000 to 450,000 animals yearly ... 

West Ga. parks cultivated for wildlife viewing October 19, 2014 Georgia, Associated Press
... workers last weekend planted seeds to grow deer-attracting vegetation on three acres of the bottom fields at McIntosh Reserve in the southern end of the county... We're going to put up signs in the park, identifying the wildlife viewing areas ...

Deer season opens this weekend October 16, 2014 Georgia, Forsyth News 
... A new hotline to report poachers has been set up as firearms season for deer opens Saturday:  Call (800) 241-4113 or email RangerHotline@dnr.state.ga.us to report a poacher.

Runaway deer spotted on campus October 14, 2014 Georgia, The Inkwell 
... Stranger than a deer running through campus is the fact that the animal remains at large. University police are still keeping an eye out for the deer, who was allegedly never seen leaving the building following the cafeteria fiasco... [Armstrong State University]

Research looks at deer vision October 12, 2014 Georgia, Tribune-Review
... deer see many colors, but blues the best and reds the worst. They can't differentiate shades the way humans can ...

Hunting: The season is here October 11, 2014 Georgia, Covington News
... During this time of year bucks are still traveling in bachelor groups. In the southern zone of Georgia, hunters can bait deer, but you can’t bait deer in the northern zone. Therefore, hunters rely on attractives to get deer closer. As the rut draws closer, bucks start competing for breeding rights for the does ...  the end of October/beginning of November is the peak rut ... 

Primitive Weapon Season Opens October 11th October 3, 2014 Georgia, Worth It 2U 
... Black powder rifles, and bows and arrows...  the week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season beginning Saturday, Oct. 11. Over 48,000 hunters participated in last year’s primitive weapons season, bringing in over 11,000 deer with black powder rifles...

Get ready for deer season as state deer biologist Charlie Killmaster previews the upcoming primitive weapons and firearms seasons. Primitive weapons and youth firearms season is Oct. 11-17, 2014 statewide, and firearms season is Oct. 18, 2014-Jan. 1, 2015 in the Northern Zone and Oct. 18, 2014-Jan. 15, 2015 in the Southern Zone. For more on deer hunting in Georgia, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com. September 30, 2014


Georgia Deer Forecast 2014 October, 2014 Game and Fish
... Of the 385,410 whitetails harvested in 2012-13, bucks accounted for 143,141 of the kills, and 242,268 were does... 52 percent of all Georgia deer hunters killed at least one deer... Blue Ridge Mountains:  with relatively little agriculture, the deer density is low ... Piedmont:  historically been some of the most productive deer lands in the state ... Upper Coastal Plain:  stable population ... 

EHD and Bluetongue Virus Having Minimal Impact on Deer in 2014 September 24, 2014 Georgia, outdoorhub.com
... “A small number of reports are trickling in from scattered states, but we’re not seeing any nationwide trends or large outbreaks this year,” said Dr. David Stallknecht with the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) at the University of Georgia. “This year is definitely below average so far.” ...

... We all know the whitetail population is down somewhat from a decade ago,” ... a recent blitz of challenges facing whitetails — everything from viral diseases to new predators to extreme weather patterns and sudden habitat changes — the species clearly is at a key juncture in its modern history...

... The deer-baiting proposal was again a no-show on this month’s agenda of the authority. David Egan said he suspects that the JIA is waiting until after the governor’s race ... deer-baiting is otherwise illegal on public lands ...

When is Georgia deer rut? New map now available September 18, 2014  Examiner 
... the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently updated the statewide rut map (www.georgiawildlife.com/rut-map) ... During the peak of the rut, a large percentage of female deer are ready to be bred and become much more active, increasing their daily movement and home range size...

The Augusta Chronicle 
... “When the objective is to increase recruitment of white-tailed deer, we conclude that neither coyote control nor vegetation management appear effective,” ... scientists removed 474 coyotes from three 7,900-acre parcels ...  “Coyote predation accounted for 80 percent of all mortality during the pre-removal period and 73 percent during the removal period.” ...  at Savannah River Site ...

Georgia,  New Deer Hunting Season September 9, 2014 DNR News
... Last year, 118,238 archery hunters harvested more than 74,490 deer. Statewide archery season runs through Oct. 10 ... 

TV host proclaims need for next generation of outdoorsmen September 5, 2014 Georgia, Fish Wrap 
...  the Pittman–Robertson Act ... funds wildlife programs throughout the country through an excise tax paid by outdoorsmen for their sporting goods... The state manages a deer population of approximately 1.3 million, he said.  “If we don’t recruit the next generation, who’s going to pay for this?” ...

Sapelo, Public-Land Deer Hunting In Georgia August 21, 2014 Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald 
... “Deer numbers on Sapelo are high and continue to remain so,” said David Mixon, WRD’s Coastal region supervisor. “Rainfall over the past couple of years has certainly contributed to the continued success by providing adequate vegetation growth and abundant freshwater (a critical limiting factor on barrier islands)...

Do whitetails alter their habits to avoid coyotes? August 21, 2014 Georgia, Outdoor News
... growing coyote populations are causing at least some degree of havoc on whitetail herds... Georgia, like Illinois, is in the middle of a coyote population explosion... Biologists at the University of Georgia’s Deer Lab began a unique study last summer, looking at white-tailed deer in two separate controlled environments – one with coyotes and one without...



Georgia drafts plan for deer management August 17, 2014 The Augusta Chronicle 
... the number of deer rose from about 220,000 in 1972 up to a peak of 1.4 million in the late 1990s before steadily declining to the current estimate of about 1 million.
In the early 1980s, does – or “antlerless deer” – accounted for barely a fourth of the total deer harvest, according to the draft plan, with yearling bucks accounting for the majority of deer taken... Since 2002, the doe harvest has accounted for 60 percent or more of the annual deer harvest...

... Cranial abscess disease is a cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly for mature, male white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Most cases of cranial abscesses are associated with infection by Trueperella ... the patchy distribution of cranial abscess disease across Georgia is likely caused by differences in the genetics of the causative agent, T. pyogenes. White-tailed deer managers must recognize the potential to transport pathogenic bacteria and disease when relocating white-tailed deer...

The next 10 years of deer management August 8, 2014 Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald 
...  Why did a trend of hunters being very satisfied shift to a clear trend of growing dissatisfaction?  One reason was the deer population dropped. On some tracts of land, it absolutely crashed. Deer limits had been raised dramatically, and either-sex days went from a few weekends each fall to every day of deer season. The experts were telling hunters to shoot every doe they saw—that it was impossible to kill too many does... 

Final Draft of Georgia Deer Management Plan 2015 - 2024 Posted Today: Your Input Requested August 1, 2014 Georgia DNR
     WRD’s successful management efforts are informed through biological data, public input and management objectives identified in the agency’s statewide deer management plan, developed through an intensive public participation process. WRD is seeking to continue integrating public involvement by asking for your comments on the Draft of Georgia’s 10-year Deer Management Plan (DMP). A final draft of the Georgia Deer Management Plan 2015-2024 is now available online and WRD will be accepting input at eight (8) upcoming public meetings or by mail or e-mail (all input must be received by Sept. 5, 2014).  Links:  Georgia Deer Management Plan,   Public Meeting Dates/Locations,   Can't Attend a Meeting? Submit Comments by Mail or Email

Public Meetings Scheduled Re: Georgia Deer Management Plan July 25, 2014 Georgian DNR... During these meetings, citizens will be given an overview of stakeholder recommendations and WRD proposed actions on key deer management issues followed by a public comment period. Some of these issues include: deer population densities; seasons and bag limits; hunting methods; hunter access; urban deer management; and education and outreach. Meeting Schedule: August 18 - August 21.

... Officials estimate Jekyll Island would pay $10,000 to hire U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters to kill 80 deer ...

Poacher’s shot outrages hunting community July 17, 2014 Georgia, Oconee Enterprise
... Sportsmen, naturalists and animal lovers alike are outraged that a deer was killed late last Wednesday night in the front yard of a Simonton Bridge Road home... “It has been in my pasture for several months,” Allen said... A $500 reward has been offered for information about the case. Contact the DNR atturninpoachers@dnr.state.ga.us or at (800) 241-4113...

... Paul Allen went outside his home in Oconee County and found “Bucky” the deer lying in the pasture, wounded and unable to move... “He was free to go and he had no problem jumping the fence, but he just didn’t want to go.” ...  call an anonymous tip line at (800) 241-4113 ...

Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association Asks for Volunteers July 8, 2014 Georgia, ValdostaToday.com
... the hotline was implemented on May 1st, the GWRA had estimated that half of the calls to it would be “false rescues”, where people had removed suspected injured or orphaned animals that were actually never in any danger at all. That estimate turned out to be low...  The most frequent calls in May and June involved baby animals, especially deer, birds and rabbits, respectively....

Fallow deer numbers growing on St. Simons July 5, 2014 Georgia, Florida Times-Union
... fallow deer ... The deer were brought to neighboring Little St. Simons Island in the early 1900s... they have the ability to swim and made their way to St. Simons Island, where they have multiplied. They have also been spotted on Jekyll Island and in mainland Brunswick ... 

GWRA volunteer imparts advice regarding abandoned fawns July 5, 2014 Georgia, Daily Tribune News
... If the mother is dead, if the little fawn has a broken leg, obviously in distress in some way, then we pick it up and take it to a rehab center. Other than that it’s nature’s job to take care of them, not ours. If it’s a man-made problem, like their mother gets killed by a car, then we will intervene ... A nonprofit organization, GWRA originally was formed in 2010 to respond to calls regarding rescuing animals in the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill...

Rare Piebald White-tailed Deer Fawn June 14, 2014 Georgia, QDMA.com
... On June 12, 2014, a doe at the University of Georgia Deer Research Facility in Athens, Georgia, gave birth to two fawns, and one of them was a rare piebald fawn. [see video below]


Happy ending after hunters rescue 2 newborn fawns June 3, 2014 Georgia, Atlanta Journal Constitution
... “I believe what happened is it was probably born at nighttime, close to lake, and fell in,” Wooten said. “Vines were the only thing holding it above water.” ... The men took the fawns back to the spot they found them, for fear that otherwise, they had no chance of finding their mother again.  The following day, the men returned to work. Wooten said the two fawns and mother deer stood across the street, reunited and healthy...

Spring planting for wildlife April 20, 2014 Georgia, Albany Herald 
 ... Bottomland hardwood forests should be protected from fire and maintained for mast production in the fall and winter months. Less desirable trees within these stands, such as maple, yellow poplar, sweetgum and unproductive oaks, can be removed to allow more sunlight to reach the forest floor... White-tailed deer: Cowpeas (plant May 1 – July 15) ...

Wildlife Expert Rips Fed’s New CWD Policy March 31, 2014 Georgia,  Bowhunting 
... Fischer said the USDA’s revised program standards do not meet its goals ... “In the revised version of the CWD program, nearly all of the guidelines, all the options that were more stringent, were deleted at the request of the captive-cervid industry; and more liberal guidelines were added that greatly increase risks,” ...

Proposed Hunting Regulations March 27, 2014 Georia, GDNR News
     Proposed amendments to hunting regulations for the 2014-2015 season are under consideration by the Board of Natural Resources. These proposals establish hunting opportunities on the following properties being added to the Wildlife Management Area system: Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA (owned by The Nature Conservancy) and the Spirit Creek Forest (owned by the Georgia Forestry Commission). The Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA is 10,800 acres in three tracts located in Marion and Talbot Counties. The Spirit Creek Forest is 570 acres in Richmond County. Review the proposed amendments to hunting regulations.  Two public hearings on the above proposals have been scheduled for April 15 and April 16.

Jekyll Island, Panel considers deer sharpshooters March 19, 2014 Georgia, TheBrunswickNews.com
 ... The committee, which has met twice, is waiting to hear from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for information on the sharpshooter option ... "We haven't decided that that's what we will do, but they are the only group (the state Department of Natural Resources) would permit ... to do that service." ...

Top deer researchers in Athens for annual meeting February 13, 2014 Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald ·
...  deer as management experts, researchers and hunting enthusiasts begin a three-day conference Sunday evening in Athens. The 37th annual meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group will be held Feb. 16-18 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center...

QDMA Offers Student Scholarships to Attend Deer Steward Courses February 3, 2014 Georgia, AmmoLand.com 
... Applications will be accepted from high school juniors and seniors or college students who are interested in a career in wildlife management... Applications are due by March 1, 2014 ... [More information at QDMA]

... The best news from [Quality Deer Management] ... In 1989, the percentage of yearling bucks in the U.S. whitetail harvest was a whopping 62 percent... declined steadily over the decades, to an all-time record low of 37 percent during the 2012-13 season ...

Deer issues on Wildlife Resouce Division ballot January 23, 2014 Georgia, Online Athens
... Each January, Georgia Outdoor News offers the chance to voice opinions on issues that affect sportsmen. This year the questions center around the future of deer hunting in Georgia as the state Wildlife Resource Division prepares a 10-year deer-management plan...

... The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), in partnership with Clemson University, has extended its offer for active military personnel serving in combat zones to take the online version of its Deer Steward certification course free-of-charge (a $200 value).

Fewer deer carcasses recovered on Columbia County roads January 20, 2014 Georgia, Augusta Chronicle 
... Since 2009, the county has seen a 36 percent decrease in the amount of dead deer recovered from roads... The drop in dead deer, Taylor said, could be a sign of a decline in the overall population within the county.  He estimates that there are 950,000 deer in Georgia, which is down from more than a million in the early 1990s...

Deer that jumped into Pizza Hut has died January 14, 2014 Georgia, WALB-TV
... Authorities said the deer died during transport after the incident. Officials tranquilized the deer at the scene, but noted the deer had lost a lot of blood and had serious injuries ...

Deer Plan Update January 4, 2104 Georgia, The Augusta Chronicle
... wildlife authorities prepare to revise the state’s official “deer management plan” that will outline the path forward for the next decade.  The current plan was created in 2005 and relied on the best data of that period ... With all the changes that have occurred over the past decade, including the expansion of coyotes, increasing numbers of hunters and new trends in the timber industry ...

Georgia data: About 1.1 million deer in 2014, estimated at 900,000 to 1 million in 2011 to 2013, down from a peak of about 1.6 million in the 1990s. The 2014 Deer Management plan calls for holding the herd stable at the 2014 level.  The 2005 Deer Management plan intentionally reduced the herd size. In 2013, hunters requested a shorter hunting season to support the deer population.  Coyote predation and changes in the timber industry that have impacted habitat are pushing deer numbers down. Reduced doe harvest was begun in 2013 to offset predation.   
     In 1937, the herd was estimated at about 12,500, the result of unregulated hunting.  Conservation efforts brought the population to about 220,000 by 1972.  In the early 1980's, does accounted for only about a quarter of the harvest, an effort to boost the population.  Yearly bucks were the majority of the deer taken.  Since 2002 the state has focused on balanced demographics, with the doe harvest about 60 percent of the total through 2012. 

Poacher Hotline:  The public can reach the TIP hotline by dialing 1-800-241-4113, by dialing *DNR on a cell phone, or by sending an email to RangerHotline@dnr.state.ga.us   Those reporting should try to obtain the following information: the type of violation, a description of the violator, description of the violator’s vehicle, and the date, time and location of the violation.

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